Visualization of solar flares

Grand Challenge: Solar storm chasers

Dec. 13, 2018

Mass media representations of space weather—variable conditions in space that can affect the technological systems modern society depends on—often evoke visions of catastrophic power grid failures and global chaos. The result can be gripping film or literature but, while such worst-case scenarios are possible, they can distort our understanding of...

Dan Scheeres

Meet our Faculty - Dan Scheeres

Dec. 12, 2018

Daniel Scheeres is a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor, the A. Richard Seebass Chair of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research spans astrodynamics and spacecraft navigation to planetary science and celestial mechanics. A primary focus of Scheeres’ work is studying mechanics of...


Taking the measure of an asteroid

Dec. 3, 2018

University of Colorado Boulder scientists have a front row seat today to observe a NASA spacecraft as it arrives at the asteroid Bennu, coming to within 4.5 miles of the space rock. This close approach, followed by a flyby Dec. 4, up is the first in a series of planned...

A solar flare erupts from the sun in October 2014. (Credit: NASA/SDO)

A 1972 solar storm triggered a Vietnam War mystery

Nov. 12, 2018

On Aug. 4, 1972, U.S. military pilots flying south of Haiphong harbor in North Vietnam saw something unexpected: more than two dozen sea mines suddenly—and without apparent explanation—exploding in the water. Now, CU Boulder engineering professor Delores Knipp and her colleagues have dug into this four-decades-old naval mystery. In a...

Jay McMahon

Building Robots that Eat Asteroids for Science, Safety, and Profit. Seminar: Oct. 5

Oct. 1, 2018

Jay McMahon, Assistant Professor, Smead Aerospace Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 | DLC | 12:00 P.M. Download Flyer Abstract: There is great interest in asteroid exploration for three reasons - science, planetary defense, and asteroid mining. While many dream of getting rich off of mining rare minerals, the real treasure is...

Kristine Larson

Larson honored with 2018 Distinguished Research Lectureship

Sept. 12, 2018

Kristine M. Larson of the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and William M. Lewis Jr. of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department have been selected to receive the 2018 Distinguished Research Lectureship. The Lectureship is among the most esteemed honors bestowed by the faculty upon a...

Campus aerial photo.

Welcome to our new Smead Aerospace Faculty

Sept. 11, 2018

Who are our new faculty? They are researchers, educators, and business leaders. Bring the department new research opportunities and partnerships. Have diverse backgrounds and come to Boulder from near and far. Are proud additions to the Smead Aerospace and CU Buffs family.

Mark Sirangelo

Aerospace leader Sirangelo to join CU Boulder Engineering

Aug. 7, 2018

Mark Sirangelo, who just concluded his career as the head of aerospace giant Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems, is joining the University of Colorado Boulder as an entrepreneur-in-residence beginning this month. Bobby Braun, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, announced today that Sirangelo will join CU Boulder...

Xinzhao Chu in Antarctica.

New Clues to Origins of Mysterious Atmospheric Waves in Antarctica

July 25, 2018

CU Boulder team led by Xinzhao Chu finds link between gravity waves in the upper and lower Antarctic atmosphere, helping create a clearer picture of global air circulation. Two years after a CIRES and CU Boulder team discovered a previously unknown class of waves rippling continuously through the upper Antarctic...

A group of officials standing with the final beam.

Aerospace building construction celebrates topping out

June 15, 2018

Construction of the new University of Colorado Boulder aerospace engineering building is hitting a major milestone with the installation of the final steel beam. A formal topping-out ceremony was held Wednesday at the building site on campus. The ceremony follows the Viking tradition of signing the final beam of a...